Rate Increase Eyed for 2017 We just held our June board meeting and we welcomed new and returning board members Kathy Schreurs (District 1), Jim Rokeh (District 2) and Merv Anderson (District 3) to the board. The board held an organizational meeting where it elected a board president, vice president and secretary/treasurer for the upcoming year. Sandy LudeTim O’Leary man was re-elected to serve as General Manager president, Galen Grant was re-elected to serve as vice president and Donna Stone was elected to serve as secretary/treasurer. The new directors have been seated on the board at a very interesting time as it pertains to electric rates. The cooperative has been reviewing its rates for the past year and it was looking like a rate change would be needed in 2017. We thought we had a few months to get the new directors up to speed on previous rate discussions and the details of what may need to be done with rates to ensure the cooperative remains financial stable well into the future. However, as with a lot of things in life, this timeline changed quickly as we were recently provided notice that Basin Electric would need to increase their wholesale electric rates in the middle of 2016. Basin Electric has indicated that lower-thanexpected electric sales to its members, lower-thanexpected surplus sales, added costs to operate their generating facilities, investments in generation units
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and transmission lines and reduced revenue from their non-electric businesses have all led to the decision for an intra-year rate increase in its wholesale electric rates. Paul Sukut, Basin Electric CEO/GM, indicated recently that “Basin Electric has essentially encountered the perfect storm and it happened suddenly and rapidly.” He went on to say that, “the cooperative is taking several steps to mitigate the impact, but ultimately, we need the membership’s help.” The help referenced in Sukut’s statement will come in the form of higher wholesale electric rates as of Aug. 1, 2016. The rate increase is expected to impact East River’s (Lyon-Lincoln Electric’s power supplier) wholesale power costs by nearly $9.5 million and this will result in approximately $250,000 in additional wholesale power costs to Lyon-Lincoln Electric in 2016. Lyon-Lincoln Electric, East River Electric and the other member-owners of East River are looking at all of our options to mitigate the impacts of Basin Electric’s intra-year rate increase and we will be sharing the results of these discussions in our newsletter. In order to determine the complete impact on Lyon-Lincoln Electric, we plan on reviewing the new rates and using them to update last year’s cost of service/rate study. We will also use the input we received from our recent member survey as we consider any necessary rate adjustment for 2017. We expect this to take a few months to complete, so we will be updating the membership through upcoming newsletter articles.
Saying Goodbye After 41 Years (ISSN 1540-6989)
Board of Directors Sandy Ludeman, Tracy – President Galen Grant, Russell – Vice President Donna Stone, Taunton – Secretary/Treasurer Merv Anderson, Porter Mary Gunnink, Lake Benton
Scott Johnson, Tyler Lawrence Petersen, Porter James Rokeh, Minneota Kathleen Schreurs, Tyler Staff and Office Personnel Tim O’Leary – General Manager Lyle Lamote – Line Superintendent Vickie Rost – Office Manager Kelly Dybdahl – Engineer Brian Jeremiason – Energy Services Manager Linda Johansen – Executive Assistant Rochelle Borresen – Billing Clerk Andrea Houselog – Receptionist Outside Crew Randy Keifer – Crew Chief Daniel Houselog – Journeyman Lineman Ross Birath – Journeyman Lineman Dan Tutt – Journeyman Lineman Tyler Blomme – Journeyman Lineman Tyler Sand – Journeyman Lineman
Nathan Pavek, Apprentice Lineman Wade Thooft – Operations Staff Assistant Alan Fischer – Material Clerk www.llec.coop LYON-LINCOLN ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE CONNECTIONS is published monthly by Lyon-Lincoln Electric Cooperative, PO Box 639, W Hwy. 14, Tyler, MN 56178. Electric cooperative members devote 50 cents from their monthly electric payments for a subscription. Nonmember subscriptions are available for $12 annually. Periodicals Postage Paid at Tyler Post Office, Tyler, MN 56178 and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Lyon-Lincoln Electric Cooperative Connections, PO Box 639, W Hwy. 14, Tyler, MN 56178; telephone (507) 247-5505; toll free 1-800-927-6276; fax (507) 247-5508. Linda Johansen, Editor
Lyon-Lincoln Electric hours from May 2 to Sept. 30, 2016, are 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday.
I started with the cooperative on Feb. 10, 1975. I was hired as the office manager and have held that title for 41 plus years. When I first started, I did all of the accounting, work orders and benefits. Since that time a lot of state filings and reports have been added and seems like more are required each year. At that time, all accounting functions were done by hand and billing was done on old Burroughs billing machines. We have gone from billing being on striped ledger cards to floppy disks to our current billing/accounting system and this will all be upgraded again in the coming year. These changes were always dreaded by everyone but when looking back on each change, you wonder how you ever got things done with the prior system. The biggest change I guess would be Gary Heffele in the automation of everything from Office Manager meter reading to billing and the equipment for our line crews. I think the thing I will miss the most is the cooperative family atmosphere that I have had with all of the employees and with all the other rural electric cooperatives in the State of Minnesota. In retirement, I plan on doing a lot of golfing, fishing and yard work. I also plan on going South for a couple months during the winter. We have a great group of employees and directors that will take care of the cooperative in the future and it has been my pleasure to have worked with all of you for the past 41 years and I will miss seeing you all on a daily basis. Lyon-Lincoln Electric Cooperative, is your cooperative. If you have questions about energy, trust the experts at your cooperative to answer those questions. If you have specific questions about energy efficiency, safety, generation, or other topics please email us at [email protected] and we’ll get back to you. Each month we’ll use this space to answer frequently asked questions.
What Uses the Most Energy in My Home? Heating and cooling systems typically consume the most energy in your home, followed closely by refrigerators and clothes dryers. But don’t underestimate the power of small electronics. Televisions, computers, chargers and answering machines still draw electricity even if they are turned off or on standby mode. According to ENERGY STAR®, idle electronics consume the same amount of energy as the output of 17 power plants in the United States every year. ~ Ed COOPERATIVE CONNECTIONS • August 2016 3
Safety During Harvest Harvest season can yield higher numbers of electrocution, shock and burn injuries. Safe Electricity urges farm workers to avoid tragic accidents by using caution when completing farm activities that take place around power lines. Equipment contacting overhead power lines is the leading cause of farm electrocution accidents in the Midwest. Many of these accidents occur near grain bins when augers make contact with power lines. Many types of farm equipment can come in contact with overhead power lines, creating a direct path for electricity. Tractors with front-end loaders, portable grain augers, fold-up cultivators and equipment with antennas can easily become electrical hazards and must be operated with care. Know the location of power lines and keep farm equipment at least 10 feet away from them.
Farm workers should remember the following safety tips: • Always lower portable augers or elevators to their lowest possible level – under 14 feet – before moving or transporting; use care when raising them. • Be aware of increased height when loading and transporting larger modern tractors with higher antennas. • Use a spotter to make sure contact is not made with a line when moving large equipment or high loads. • Be careful not to raise any equipment such as ladders, poles or rods into power lines. • Use qualified electricians for work on drying equipment and other farm electrical systems. • Inspect farm equipment for transport height and determine clearance with any power lines that the equipment must pass. • Review the possibility of underground utility supplies for new or replacement power lines. • If you have a standby power system, review its location, operation and importance with all workers. • Never try to raise or move a power line to clear a path. What do you do if farm equipment or vehicles come in contact with power lines: • It’s almost always best to stay in the cab and call the local electric utility. If the power line is energized and you step outside, your body becomes the path and electrocution is the result. • Warn others who may be nearby to stay away and wait until the electric utility arrives to make sure power to the line is turned off. • If the equipment or vehicle is on fire, the proper action would be to jump out with both feet hitting the ground at the same time. Continue to hop or shuffle to safety, keeping both feet together as you leave the area. Do not allow any part of your body to touch the equipment and the ground at the same time. • Once away from the equipment or vehicle, do not go back until the electric utility gives permission to do so. 4 August 2016 • Cooperative ConneCtions
8/11 Day: Reminder to Call Before You Dig Aug. 11 provides a natural reminder for people everywhere to call 811 prior to any digging project to have underground utility lines marked. Every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811. Things to know about making an 8-1-1 call: • Every digging project requires a call to 811. • Calling 811 a few days prior to digging notifies utility companies of the intent to dig and gives representatives time to mark the appropriate lines. The call can be called from anywhere in the country. • A representative from your local one call center will answer the call to find out the location and description of the digging site. • The affected utility companies will be notified of the intent to dig. • The utility companies will each send a professional locator to the digging site to identify and mark the approximate location of the underground lines. • Once lines have been marked, you should respect the marks and dig carefully around them. • Hitting an underground utility line while digging can cause serious injuries, disrupt service to entire neighborhoods, and potentially result in fines and repair costs.
Kids’ Corner Safety Poster “stay away from fallen power lines.”
Ashley Placek, 11 years old Ashley is the daughter of Perry and Laura Placek, Ipswich, S.D. They are members of FEM Electric Association, Ipswich. Kids, send your drawing with an electrical safety tip to your local electric cooperative (address found on Page 3). If your poster is published, you’ll receive a prize. All entries must include your name, age, mailing address and the names of your parents. Colored drawings are encouraged.
Succulent Salads Layered summertime salad 2 cups gemelli or spiral pasta 1 cup mayonnaise 2 T. lemon juice 1 tsp. sugar 1/2 tsp. garlic powder 1/2 cup sliced green onion 4 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
4 cups torn romaine lettuce 1 cup snow peas, trimmed and halved 1 cup cauliflower florets 1 cup broccoli florets 1 large sweet red pepper, chopped 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
Prepare pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix mayonnaise, lemon juice, sugar and garlic powder; set aside. Drain pasta and rinse in cold water. Toss with onions and half of bacon. In a large bowl, layer one-half of lettuce, pasta mixture, peas, cauliflower, broccoli, red pepper, mayonnaise mixture and cheese. Repeat layers; sprinkle with remaining bacon. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Deloris Bachman, Rapid City
BLt salad 1-1/2 cups tubetti macaroni, cook until tender, drain and cool 1 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled 1 bunch green onions, sliced thin
1 cup chopped celery 1 cup chopped tomato Dressing: 1-1/2 cups mayonnaise 3 tsp. vinegar Salt and pepper to taste
Combine first 5 ingredients. Mix mayonnaise, vinegar, salt and pepper. Add to pasta mixture. Barbara Angerhofer, Hendricks, MN
Combine pretzels, butter and 1/2 cup sugar. Spread in a 9x13-inch pan. Bake at 400°F. for 7 minutes. Cool. Break into pieces and set aside. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and remaining sugar. Add Cool Whip and pineapple. Mix well and refrigerate overnight. Just before serving, add pretzel pieces. Cindy Krakow, Strandburg
texas new potato salad with Grilled red onions 3 lbs. small red potatoes 1 red onion, cut into thick slices 1 T. coriander seed 1 pinch cumin seed 1 T. oregano 2 serrano chiles or 2 jalapeño chiles, minced 3 slices bacon, crisply cooked and coarsely chopped
1 bunch fresh cilantro, thick stems discarded, coarsely chopped Dressing: 1/4 cup olive oil 1 T. red wine vinegar 1 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. black pepper
Cook potatoes in boiling water 20 to 25 minutes or until tender. Drain and cool to room temperature. Quarter the potatoes; set aside. Grill onion slices over high heat until lightly caramelized. Toast coriander and cumin seeds in small dry skillet on medium heat 1 minute or until fragrant. Add oregano; lightly toast about 20 seconds, watching for burning. Immediately remove spices from skillet. Mix oil, vinegar, toasted spices, salt and pepper in large bowl with wire whisk until well blended. Add potatoes, onions, chiles, bacon and cilantro; toss lightly. Yield: 8 servings Nutritional Information Per Serving: Calories 212, Total Fat 8g, Saturated Fat 1g, Cholesterol 3mg, Sodium 381mg, Carbohydrates 30g, Dietary Fiber 4g, Protein 5g Pictured, Cooperative Connections RECIPE AND Photo CoURtESY oF MCCoRMICK GoURMEt
3 to 4 apples, peeled, cored and cut into small pieces 6 Snickers bars, cut into small pieces
In a large bowl, mix together pudding, milk and Cool Whip. Chill for 1-1/2 hours. Add apples and candy bars; stir and serve. Amy Schoenfelder, Cavour
sunrise salad 1 large can crushed pineapple 1 pkg. lemon jello 1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
1 cup green grapes, sliced 1 cup miniature marshmallows 1 (8 oz.) container Cool Whip
In a saucepan, bring pineapple to a boil. Add jello; mix well. Add cream cheese, stirring until melted. Put in a bowl and refrigerate until thick. Add sliced grapes and miniature marshmallows. Stir in Cool Whip. Refrigerate until set. Sally Hlavka, Howes
Please send your favorite garden produce, pasta and crockpot recipes to your local electric cooperative (address found on Page 3). Each recipe printed will be entered into a drawing for a prize in December 2016. All entries must include your name, mailing address, telephone number and cooperative name.
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Why We Plan Outages Have you ever received a notification from the staff here at Lyon-Lincoln Electric Cooperative informing you of a “planned outage?” You may have wondered, “What is a planned outage?” and “Why does my electric utility need to perform one?” Occasionally, the equipment we use to bring power to your home needs to be replaced, repaired or updated. When this happens, as a way to keep our crews and you safe, we plan an interruption to electric service. We do our best to plan these outages during times when you will be least inconvenienced, so we often perform planned outages during school and business hours. According to Line Superintendent Lyle Lamote, “We typically try to schedule shorter projects from 8:30 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 3 p.m. and avoid the noon hour if possible. If a business needs to be off or closed, we try to schedule it during a slow time for them.” We also try to avoid planning these outages during winter months or extreme temperatures. We understand these are peak times of the year when you depend on running your heating and cooling units the most. While they may sound slightly in-
convenient, planned outages are actually beneficial to you, our members. Regular system upgrades are necessary for optimal performance and they increase reliability. Repairing and upgrading our equipment is also critical to maintaining public safety. If older lines need to be replaced, we plan for it, repair or replace it and that keeps everyone safe. Planned outages also allow us to keep you informed of when and how long you will be without power. We attempt to notify you with adequate time before the outage, so you can be prepared. We also keep you aware of where in your area the line crews will be working in case travel is affected. However, please be aware that in an emergency situation, power could be turned off with minimal notification to make repairs. According to Lamote, “These situations include emergencies that endanger the safety of the public or cooperative personnel, vehicle and farm equipment damages to power equipment, storm situations where power needs to be shut off quickly to make repairs and restore power, emergency substation repairs, or cooperative equipment failures.” Laren Barker – 129.00
How can you ensure that you are notified if our crews plan an outage in your area? Make sure your contact information is up-to-date at the office. If you have updated your phone number, changed employers or added an additional account holder, your contact information might not be up-to-date. If this affects you, please contact our office at 800-927-6276 or [email protected] to update your information. We encourage all members to provide updated phone numbers and email addresses to receive planned outage notifications. We want to make sure we are doing everything we can to keep you safe and to keep our system running smoothly. So, the next time you hear about a planned outage, know that it is one of the best ways we can provide you with quality electric service.
East River Electric/Deer Creek Tour Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016
East River Electric Power Cooperative is a wholesale electric powersupply cooperative serving 24 rural electric cooperatives including Lyon-Lincoln Electric. East River’s members in turn serve more than 92,000 homes and businesses and about 250,000 consumers. East River’s remodeled headquarters is in Madison, S.D. This tour will provide the opportunity to tour this state-of-the-art facility, before enjoying lunch with our tour guides from East River. After lunch we’ll travel to the recently commissioned Deer Creek Generating Station near White, S.D. Deer Creek Station is a 300-Megawatt natural gas combined-cycle generation facility. This facility uses gas purchased from the Dakota Gasification Company and features two turbine-generator sets: one turbine fired by natural gas, the other is driven by steam. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis at a cost of $10 per person or $20 per couple. To make arrangements, please call the office at 507-247-5505 or 1-800-927-6276 and ask for Linda. 6 August 2016 • COOPERATIVE CONNECTIONS
The Deer Creek Station between White and Elkton, S.D., is one of the places members will stop on the member tour Sept. 15.
Area Teens Receive Scholarships One way that Lyon-Lincoln Electric Cooperative demonstrates its Commitment to Community is by awarding scholarships to deserving students in our service area. This year we were able to award five Operation RoundUp® Scholarships of $500 each, to students in five area schools. In addition to the Operation RoundUp Scholarship, we were also able to award two $1,000 Basin Electric Scholarships as well this year. The cooperative took a moment to recognize a few of the scholarship recipients at this year’s annual meeting, but want to share the good news as well in this month’s newsletter. First, the Operation RoundUp $500 Scholarship winners. From Canby, Makenzie Victor. Makenzie is the daughter of Steven and Jaime Victor. Makenzie plans to attend Lake Area Technical Institute in the fall to study nursing. From Marshall, Noah Henle. Noah is the son of Mike Henle and Jean Henle. Noah plans to attend the University of St. Thomas where he will study business. From Minneota, Taylor Thooft. Taylor is the daughter of Scott and Debbie Thooft. Taylor plans to attend South Dakota State University to study pre-chiropractic and biology. From Tracy Area High School, Christian Devereaux. Christian is the son of Greg Devereaux and Renae Devereaux.
Christian will be attending Augustana University this fall. From RTR High School, Wyatt Kirk. Wyatt is the son of Jeff and Brenda Kirk. Wyatt plans to attend Lake Area Wyatt Kirk Technical Institute to study ag diesel technology. Congratulations to the Operation RoundUp Scholarship Winners! In conjunction with our power supplier Basin Electric Cooperative, we are able to present two additional $1,000 scholarships this year. From Canby, Taylor Veire. Taylor is the daughter of Scott Viere and Tamara Koopman. Taylor plans to attend North
Dakota State University to study business administration and journalism. From RTR High School, Ryan Fischer. Ryan is the son of Alan and Cheryl Fischer. Ryan will be attending South Dakota State University, with a planned field of study of mechanical engineering. Mark Ratajczak – 11225.02 Congratulations to all of the scholarship recipients!
Operation RoundUp®: The Power of People Pooling Pennies Operation RoundUp is a program made possible by LyonLincoln Electric members who round up their monthly electric bill to the next dollar. The extra cents go directly into a Trust that is administered quarterly in grants to community organizations. A board of trustees adheres to specific guidelines to ensure your dollars are spent wisely. The regular meeting of the board of directors of the Lyon-Lincoln Electric Trust, Inc. was held June 7, 2016. The board reviewed the grant applications received and the
following grant requests were approved. Lincoln County Fair – $1,000 towards entertainment. Lincoln County Sheriff ’s Department – $1,000 towards AED project. Lyon County Fair (Special Olympics) – $1,500 towards Special Olympics Day. Marshall Area YMCA – $1,000 towards Diabetes Prevention Program. Tyler Fire Department – $500 towards AED. The next meeting will be held on Sept. 6, 2016. COOPERATIVE CONNECTIONS • August 2016 7
Stewart’s Aronia Acres:
Spreading Berry Goodness A
astringent taste. That actually helps keep the antioxidant in the berry high.” Since most of the market for aronia berries is in the juice market, the Stewarts freeze much of the crop in two refrigeration units on site. “Right now the biggest use for the aronia berry is juice. You get more juice after the berry is frozen, so they go straight to the freezer,” Jeff said. “The freezing breaks down the fibers more.” But, before hitting the freezer, the thousands and thousands of pounds of berries must first be cleaned and destemmed, then bagged and boxed. The berry is native to North America and was used by indigenous people to make pemmican and also to help keep meat from spoiling while traveling.
Photos by Stewarts Aronia Acres
By Brenda Kleinjan
small plot of land in south central south Dakota is packing an antioxidant wallop for Jeff and Jolene Stewart of Wagner, S.D. Shortly after purchasing land near Wagner about a decade ago, the Stewarts planted field wind breaks and included a row of aronia berries to see how the fruit would fare. It did well. Very well. For Jeff, a forester by trade and Jolene, a nurse, pursuing the production of the berry made sense and they moved forward with planting 10.5 acres of the specialty crop in 2010 and 2011. “Most people wouldn’t consider them a first choice if picking berries to eat fresh,” Jeff acknowledges. “The tannins in the skin leave a bit of an
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Photos Courtesy Stewart’s Aronia Acres
Left: Stewart’s Aronia Acres near Wagner, S.D., includes 10.5 acres of aronia berry bushes. Below: Haskap bushes – also known as honeyberries – are a new addition to the Stewarts’ operation. They are experimenting with five varieties on a 1.5 acre plot and will add two more varieties next season as they work to determine which variety will fare best in the southern reaches of the berry’s growing zone. Opposite Page: Jeff and Jolene Stewart stand among their Stewart’s Aronia Acres operation. Cover photo: The aronia berry is high in antioxidants.
“Aronia has the highest antioxidants of any other cultivated berry in the world,” said Jeff. He added that antioxidants can lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure and stabilize blood glucose along with providing other health benefits. While they have had good harvests up until now – they harvested 32,000 pounds of aronia in 2015 – the fruit is really hitting its stride as it enters its fifth growing season, which should have the bushes yielding their full potential. An extreme drought in 2012 took its toll on the berries and the plants are finally recovering. “Timely precipitation is important for growing berries,” said Jeff noting that the 11 inches of rain received in May and June set a good foundation for a good harvest. In addition to the aronia berries, the Stewarts also have an acre of black currants. Like the aronia berries, the black currants have health benefits that appeal to the Stewarts and others. “Black currants have four times the amount of Vitamin C than the same amount of an orange,” Jeff said. “They are very, very nutritious as far as vitamins.” This season, the Stewarts added an experimental stand of honeyberries – also known as haskap – to the mix. The bush thrives in more northerly climes as a Zone 2 plant, so growing it on the Nebraska border is pushing its southern boundaries. “We are at the southern edge of where we think we can grow them,” Jeff noted. The Stewarts are experimenting with five different varieties of honeyberries on 1.5 acres to see which will do best. They plan on adding an additional two varieties in the 2017 season to further their experiments, which was funded in part by a South Dakota Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop block grant. The three berries each have slightly different, yet complimentary, harvest seasons. “The honeyberry ripens before most others,
so they’ll be ready to harvest before the black currants in mid-July. The aronia berry is the last to ripen with their harvest in mid-August. “It takes a full two weeks to harvest the berries,” Jeff said. The Stewarts have a berry harvesting machine – originally designed for currants, but has been modified to accommodate the aronia berries as well. But before the harvest begins, the Stewarts embark on a cleaning and disinfecting process for their certified organic operation. “It’s quite the process,” Jeff notes as he lists the equipment which includes totes used in the harvester, the refrigeration units, bagging areas and other aspects. “Everything has to be disinfected,” he said. And as the prep work for harvest takes place, the Stewarts will welcome others to learn from their operation as part of the South Dakota Specialty Producers Association’s Berry and Vegetable Tour. “It’s a slow process to inform people about the berry,” Stewart said. The tour should help spread the word. On July 30, the Stewarts, along with a nearby vegetable and melon grower, Pesicka’s Farm, will open their doors – or rather gates – for those interested in learning more about South Dakota’s growing speciality produce providers.
If You’re Going... The South Dakota Specialty Producers Association is hosting a Berry and Vegetable Tour on July 30 in the Wagner, S.D., area. Participants will tour Stewart’s Aronia Acres near Wagner and Pesicka’s Farm, a vegetable and melon grower, near Lake Andes. 1 p.m. Tour: Stewart’s Aronia Acres (29870 393rd Ave., Wagner) 2 p.m. Lecture: Better Living Through Fruit – Dr. Rhoda Burrows (SDSU Extension) 2:30 p.m. Depart for Pesicka’s Farm 3 p.m. Tour: Pesicka’s Farm (29139 389th Ave., Lake Andes) 4 p.m. Lecture: Dakota Fresh Food Hub – Kari O’Neill (SDSU Extension), Cornie Hofer and Tracy Pesicka Pre-registration required by July 27. Contact Cory Tomovick at [email protected] Chefs can earn 2.0 continuing education hours at each location through the American Culinary Federation.
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May Board Summary The regular monthly meeting of the board of directors of Lyon-Lincoln Electric Cooperative was held on Monday, May 23, 2016. Directors present were Eugene Olson, Donna Stone, Glen Sorensen, Scott Johnson, Galen Grant, Merv Anderson, Sandy Ludeman, Mary Gunnink and Lawrence Petersen. Also present at the meeting were Manager Timothy O’Leary and Attorney Michael W. Cable. President Ludeman called the meeting to order and routine business was conducted including, review of the check schedule, applications for memberships, review of shares to be cancelled and payment of capital credits to estates. Brian Jeremiason, energy services manager, advised the board he has been working on the finishing touches for the Annual Conservation Improvement Program Report for the State of Minnesota, Department of Energy Resources. Jeremiason advised that he had attended the NRECA legislative visit to Washington, D.C. In addition to the visits, Jeremiason attended the NRECA Legislative Conference and also attended the forum Keeping an Eye in the Sky. Jeremiason advised the board that he received the preliminary results of Lyon-Lincoln Electric Cooperative, Inc.’s Member Survey. Office Manager Gary Heffele presented the Financial and Statistical Report for the period ending March 31, 2016. Lyle Lamote, line superintendent, gave the outage report and advised the board of the safety meeting held on April 1, 2016, concerning in-service of new digger truck #55. There was a safety meeting held on April 13, 2016, with Federated Insurance. On April 28, 2016, he indicated that there was a safety meeting for switchman certification training. Lamote advised the board that the linemen were presently working on placing four miles of underground line by Ivanhoe. They will be placing under-
ground line east of the Russell Substation and will be working on new services and changing out poles. Kelly Dybdahl, engineer, was not present at the board meeting and therefore General Manager Timothy O’Leary reviewed the member services activities for 2016 and advised the board that there were no rebates to report. O’Leary reviewed with the board that the fencing had been completed around the solar panel project. General Manager Timothy O’Leary then gave his manager’s report; some of the items reviewed were as follows: The board reviewed the power bill and sales to members and compared those figures to budgeted amounts and looked at line loss for the system. O’Leary reported on the East River Electric Power Cooperative, Inc. MAC meeting. O’Leary reviewed with the Board his upcoming meeting schedule. O’Leary gave a final update as to the events that would take place at the annual meeting. The board adjourned for lunch and reconvened at 12:40 p.m. During the lunch segment, the board reviewed the East River and Basin Electric board reports. President Sandy Ludeman thanked both Glen Sorensen and Buzzy Olson for their participation on the board and their years of service that had been provided to Lyon-Lincoln Electric Cooperative, Inc. There being no further business to come before the board, the meeting was adjourned. The next regular meeting of the board of directors is scheduled for Monday, June 27, 2016.
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Find Name, Number The tradition of listing member names and numbers in the newsletter continues in the Lyon-Lincoln Electric Cooperative Connections. If you find your name and member number, call the office and let us know and you’ll receive an energy credit. The amount of credit is as follows: • $5 energy credit for spotting your name and member number. • $10 energy credit if you have a controlled water heater. • $15 if you have whole house electric heat. (Requires separate heat meter.) • $20 if you have a ground-source heat pump. In last month’s Cooperative Connections, Bennett Nielsen and Mortier Farms Inc. spotted their names and will receive an energy credit. Once again there are two new names and numbers hidden in this issue. Good Luck.
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Statement of Nondiscrimination In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/ parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident. Person with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202)720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800)877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_ filing_cust.html and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program. [email protected] USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.
Avoid Hazards with Grain Bins and Power Lines Electrical power is an indispensable part of modern agricultural operations. In fact, electricity is such a commonplace part of a farm operation that it can easily become a part of the scenery and its hazards overlooked. One often overlooked safety consideration is the power line clearance required for grain bins. Equipment and vehicles, such as augers and grain trucks, around grain bins are particularly at risk of coming into contact with overhead power lines. It is important that bins be built a safe distance from power lines to help ensure the safety all farm workers. The National Electrical Safety Code sets minimum clearances around grain bins. It requires that any high-voltage power lines (over 600 volts) be at least 18 feet above the highest point on a grain bin. Additionally, the Code sets the minimum distance that power lines must be from grain bins, depending on the bin’s height. For instance, a bin that is 15 feet tall must be at least 55 feet from power lines on its loading side, and a bin that is 50 feet tall must be at least 143 feet from power lines on its loading side. Your state and utility may have further requirements. If planning on building a new grain bin, contact your local utility before any construction begins. They can help you determine minimum safety requirements. Keep these additional tips in mind anytime you are operating farm equipment around power lines: • Keep equipment at least 10 feet from lines – at all times, in all directions. • Inspect the height of the farm equipment to determine clearance. • Always remember to lower extensions when moving loads. • Use a spotter when operating large machinery near lines. • Never attempt to move a power line out of the way or raise it for clearance. • If a power line is sagging or low, contact your local utility. If equipment does come into contact with a power a new building line, remember, stay on the equipment until the utility to your has arrived to de-energize the lines. Warn others to stay away, and call the local utility provider immediately. The only reason to exit is if the equipment is on fire. If this is the case, jump off the equipment with your feet together and without touching the ground and vehicle at the Plan ahead for safety! same time. Then, still keeping We care about the safety of you, your family and farm workers. your feet together, “bunny That’s why we urge you to call us before you break ground on a new grain bin, barn, or other building. hop” away to safety. For more electrical safety Building a structure too close to overhead power lines can create an electric shock danger during and after construction. information, visit SafeElecCall us first. We’ll work with you to ensure safe tricity.org.
power line clearances for your addition.
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Aberdeen Water Ski Troupe is
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20 years, the aberdeen aqua addicts water skiing team has been wowing summer audiences near the Hub City. One of two water skiing clubs in South Dakota (Catfish Bay Water Ski Team near Sioux Falls was formed in 1990), the Aqua Addicts formed in 1995 and began their public shows the following summer. The team has competed at regional and national water skiing competitions and performs shows throughout the summer at their home lake – Dahme Lake south of Aberdeen, S.D., – and in various communities. (The team signed an 85-year lease on the private lake about six years ago.) But, before the Addicts take a bow on their 2016 season with their anniversary show celebrating the team’s 20th year of performance on Aug. 20, team members will spend the day in the water making sure people who may not otherwise have the chance to water ski can experience the thrill of skimming or the past
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along the water behind the boats’ powerful engines. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Aqua Addicts will host their second “Escape to the Lake” Adaptive Ski Event. In 2015, 30-plus skiers attended the event that was hampered a bit by weather. There, individuals of various physical abilities were able to shed their wheelchairs or other devices and ski using various adaptive equipment provided by the team. Already this summer, 44 individuals have skied with the Aqua Addicts through the YMCA DreamMakers program. “We’re hoping for more than 60 skiers this year,” said Todd Thorson, who serves on the Aqua Addicts board of directors and is the primary contact for the adaptive ski event. Half of the proceeds from the evening’s 20th anniversary show are being donated to the ASPIRE program in Aberdeen. ASPIRE, Inc., is a nonprofit agency that provides services to people with devel-
Photos Courtesy Aberdeen Aqua Addicts
Water Ski Show Basics
Above: The Aberdeen Aqua Addicts Water Ski Team will host an “Escape to the Lake” Adaptive Ski Event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 20 at Dahme Lake south of Aberdeen, S.D., on U.S. Highway 281. Organizers hope to have 60 people register for the event. Inset: Female skiers perform during a July 2016 show. Opposite page: Skiing in a pyramid formation is one of the more iconic portions of the Aqua Addicts’ show.
opmental disabilities. For 18 years prior to establishing the Aberdeen adaptive ski event, the team had been taking Hub City residents to North Dakota to participate in a similar event. Two years ago, they decided to bring the experience to northeast South Dakota. For Thorson, the show and the adaptive event are about promoting the sport he has been involved with nearly his entire life. The son of three-event skiers who competed in tournaments, Thorson started skiing at age 2. He’s spent the past 43 summers in the water and notes that his dad still performs in the show at age 72 doing a turn around on a trick ski. There are more than 100 USA water skiers affiliated with the Aqua Addicts and each week 60 people are needed to put on the show which consists not only of the skiers, boat drivers and spotters, but also dock help, music and comedy performers. The Aqua Addicts use six boats and will utilize more than 10,000 feet (nearly 1.9 miles) of rope in the course of the show. The final act alone uses 2,400 feet of rope (nearly a half mile) as 24 skiers enter the water at one time for the finale. The 2016 theme for the show is “Camp Aqua Addicts” and includes not only the expected skiing, but also a skit and music. Thorson notes that while skiers navigating the lake in the shape of a pyramid is one of the biggest icons of the show, the ballet swivel portions are crowd pleasers. “We have the reigning national free-style jump skier on the team, won the last two years in a row, plus the winner from the year before that,” Thorson added, noting the talent of team members, some who have skied professionally. The Aqua Addicts perform most Thursday nights June through August at Dahme Lake. For their complete schedule, visit http://aquaaddicts. org/2016-show-schedule
Show skiing has been called the most entertaining discipline in the sport of water skiing. It is fast-moving, exciting, graceful and most of all, fun to watch. Water ski shows feature several water ski acts choreographed to music and built around a theme that tells a story. Shows involve amateur performers with usually 30 or more members. Some shows even have more than 200 members! Age is not a factor since ski club performers can range from children to grandparents. The show incorporates numerous types of water skiing, however they generally focus on five major areas which include: 1. Team Jumping – For spectators, this is the most thrilling event. Usually three to five skiers will perform spins and flips over the 5-1/2-foot ski jump. Distances can exceed 100 feet and frequently spectacular falls occur during this act. Fortunately, the skiers wear protective clothing and know how to handle the falls safely. 2. Ballet and Swivel – Generally performed by young women, this act features a line of skiers choreographed to music. Some skiers may be using swivel bindings which allows them to make 180-degree turns or 360-degree spins. 3. Barefooting – Just as the name implies, this act involves skiers skimming across the surface of the water on nothing but the bare soles of their feet. Boat speeds are usually in excess of 35 mph. Watch for multi-skier barefoot lines and barefoot pyramids. 4. Doubles – Features a man and woman team performing various lifts (similar to ice skating) while being pulled by the boat. The male skier either holds onto a handle or is pulled along by a harness, thus freeing his arms to perform the overhead lifts. 5. Pyramid – Is the ultimate in team work. Using hundreds of feet of rope, skiers actually build a human pyramid on water. Look for pyramids up to five levels high where the top skier often is 25 feet above the water – a spectacular display of teamwork. Source: Aberdeen Aqua Addicts Water Ski Team http://aquaaddicts.org/about-show-skiing/
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Donations Collected through August 1
Questions? Call United Way of Southwest Minnesota at 507-929-2273 or email [email protected]
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Notebooks (wide and college rule) Red Pens Black and Blue pens Pencils Pink erasers Cap erasers Crayons (24 Count) Colored Pencils (12 count) Highlighters Markers – Fine and Broad (washable is nice, but Glue Sticks not required) Glue bottles Folders Rulers Scissors
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Boxes of Tissues Disinfecting Wipes (i.e. Clorox Wipes) Hand Sanitizer
Cash donations are also accepted to purchase supplies.
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Donations Collected through August 1
Help all children get a good start to the school year by donating new school supplies or hygiene products. Volunteers will sort and deliver supplies to schools in the United Way of SW MN’s service area shown on the map below. For a complete listing of the service area visit www.unitedwayswmn.org
Staying Safe from Lightning Inside Your Home The National Weather Service (NWS) reports that every year lightning strikes at least 25 million times and in the United States alone, an average of 49 people are killed and 400 injured as a result of lightning each year. It is simply not safe to be outdoors during a thunderstorm. That is why NWS advises, “When thunder roars, go indoors.” However once inside a safe shelter, there are additional and important safety steps to take. Last year, a teenage girl and her family took cover inside of their home during a tornado warning. They thought that they were safe from the effects of the storm until the daughter opened the refrigerator. She let out a scream as there was a loud boom and the house went dark. She had been struck by lightning. Fox 7 in Austin, Texas, reports that although the teen is now fine, she was initially rushed to the hospital after being unable to walk, shaking with severe pain from the lightning strike.
Staying inside reduces the risk for lightning strikes, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one-third of lightning strike injuries occur indoors. Safe Electricity recommends the following tips to help keep you safe inside the home during a thunderstorm: • During a storm, stay away from anything that conducts electricity inside of the home. This includes corded phones, plumbing or running water. Cellular or cordless phones are safe to use during a storm. • Never use your computer, gaming systems, washer, dryer or any other appliance that connects to an electrical outlet. • Stay at least a few feet away from electrical appliances that are plugged into the wall. • Do not lie or lean on concrete floors or walls, which can conduct electricity. • Lightning can enter inside through wiring, such as cables or pipes or
through an open window or door. Do not watch a storm from a porch or through a garage door. • Stay away from all water. Do not take a bath, shower or wash dishes during a lightning storm. • Check weather forecasts so you plan to be in a safe shelter during a storm. After the storm, make sure that you stay inside and follow the safety rules for at least 30 minutes after you have last heard thunder. Remember that lightning can strike up to 10 to 15 miles away from the storm. For more electrical safety tips, go to SafeElectricity.org.
May Outage Report 10 or More Consumers
5/17 – 57 consumers were off 1 hour 40 minutes in the townships of Ash Lake and Diamond Lake. The cause was an underground cabinet got hit by farmer.
Don and I want to thank all of you for the emergency kit, the surge protector, recipe book, supper and for all the services. Betty McConnell
5/18 – 13 consumers were off 1 hour 30 minutes in the townships of Custer and Sodus. The cause was a pole got hit by farmer.
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July 22-23 2016 Rock-N-Rumble Motorcycle Rally, Yankton, SD 605-665-3636 July 22-23 Storybook Land Festival Aberdeen, SD, 605-626-7015 July 22-24 Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant De Smet, SD, 800-776-3594 or 800-880-3383 July 24-September 4 Sunday Services at Oahe Chapel, 8 a.m. CDT, Pierre, SD 605-773-3458 July 29 Thunder on the Prairie featuring American Country Huron, SD, 605-352-0000 July 29-31 25th Annual Honey Days Bruce, SD, 605-627-5671 July 30 Toys 4 Tots Fun Run Registration at Roaring Lyons Clubhouse from 9:30 to 11 a.m., $15 Registration Fee Plus a New Toy, Amiret, MN Contact Tam at 507-626-0675 July 30 RSVP Outdoor Vendor and Craft Show, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In conjunction with Crazy Days Mitchell, SD, 605-995-8440
Events of Special Note August 6-7 Pioneer Power Threshing Show Hanley Falls, MN 507-828-5437
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July 22-23 South Dakota Senior Games Brookings, SD, Traci Saugstad at 605-692-4492
August 12-14 26th Annual Old Fashioned Threshing Show, Bahnson Farm, Humboldt, SD 605-526-3495 or 605-251-9974
To have your event listed on this page, send complete information, including date, event, place and contact to your local electric cooperative. Include your name, address and daytime telephone number. Information must be submitted at least eight weeks prior to your event. Please call ahead to confirm date, time and location of event.
July 30 Local Folk Off & Rib Challenge Renner, SD, 605-543-5071
August 5-14 Sioux Empire Fair Sioux Falls, SD, 605-367-7178
August 20 Wing & Brew Festival Brookings, SD, 605-692-7539
August 4-7 Oglala Lakota Nation Wacipi Rodeo Fair, Pow Wow Grounds Pine Ridge, SD, 605-867-8416 or 605-867-8427
August 12-October 23 Heartland Country Corn Maze Harrisburg, SD, 605-743-5984
August 20-21 28th Annual Threshing Bee Rosholt, SD, 605-537-4426 www.rosholtthreshingbee.com
August 5-6 South Dakota Senior Games Yankton, SD, Kristi Hauer at 605-665-4685 or Tracy Grotenhuis at 605-668-5238 August 5-7 37th Annual Sioux River Folk Festival, Canton, SD 605-261-7414 August 11-12 Lyon County Fair PRCA Rodeo 7 p.m., Marshall, MN 507-532-2038 www.lyoncountyfair.com [email protected]
August 13 South Dakota Senior Games Huron, SD, LaRon Klock at 605-353-8533
August 24-28 Corn Palace Festival Mitchell, SD, 605-995-8430
August 15-21 Brown County Fair Aberdeen, SD, 605-626-7116
August 25-28 Hugh Glass Rendezvous Lemmon, SD, 605-393-5832
August 18-20 South Dakota Senior Games Watertown, Jeremy Herrbold at 605-882-6260
August 25-28 Prairie Village 54th Annual Steam Threshing Jamboree Madison, SD, 605-256-3644
August 19-21 Frontier Days Rodeo White River, SD, 605-669-3310
August 26-27 Southern Hills Music and Arts Festival, Custer, SD 605-440-0640
August 19-21 Riverboat Days, Yankton, SD 605-665-1657
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